Wanderlust UK – September 2019

(Nancy Kaufman) #1


West Highland Line,


Best for... The wildest of Scottish rides

The journey: Glasgow to Mallaig (264km; 5.5 hours)
We say... After slipping away from Glasgow, the West
Highland Line (scotrail.co.uk) weaves some of Britain’s
wildest scenery: to lonely moorlands, forest-bound
lochs and crumbling castle ruins. Up here, you’re
more likely to spot red deer than humans – though
the Glen‡innan viaduct is familiar thanks to its cameo
in the Harry Potter ‡ilms. If travelling southwards, sit on
the right-hand side of the train for the best views.
Top tip: The Royal Scotsman (belmond.com) and
Jacobite Steam Train (westcoastrailways.co.uk)
are rather luxurious – if pricey – alternativesto
this £16.80 (one-way) ScotRail journey.⊲
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